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The Darkest Hour

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March 2015 Book of the Month.

What can I say about this fabulous book? That it is classic Erskine time-slip drama of passion and incident; that it covers the war years and today and that it is big and glorious in every sense. I see that her father was a spitfire pilot and she has obviously used his memory in her research. That adds a nice personal touch. The story is of a young author researching a war artist and portraitist so we get her story and that of the said artist, integrated into each other. A lovely, lovely book to get totally lost in.

If you like Barbara Erskine you might also like to read books by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Kate Mosse and Diana Gabaldon.

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Synopsis

The Darkest Hour by Barbara Erskine

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak. Love is as uncertain and as untameable as war...In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focussed on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war...Seventy years later, and recently widowed art historian Lucy is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. And in order to do that, Lucy needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home. But as she accidentally ends up stirring up a hornet's nest of history which has been deliberately obliterated, Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.

Reviews

Praise for Barbara Erskine: 'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson'
Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable'
The Times

'Marvellous escapist stuff'
Woman and Home

About the Author

Barbara Erskine

Barbara Erskine was our Guest Editor in July 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen novels, at once demonstrating her interest in history and the supernatural, plus four collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Barbara’s first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide to date. She lives in Hay-on-Wye.

Author photo © Karolina Webb

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Book Info

Publication date

12th March 2015

Author

Barbara Erskine

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
576 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Books of the Month
Family Drama
Romantic Fiction
Sagas and Romance
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007513154

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